Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Palm Log Pillboxes

More scenery goodness from Dave

Sand textured

Another variation, flock textured

Based version

A couple of platoons of Dave's US Marines

All made from standard kebab sticks, great for Pacific WW2 games, and Eastern Front WW1.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

150,000 Hits

Bit of milestone 

Thanks to all those who have visited and commented. I visit way more Blogs than I comment on, mostly because I hate the authentication required by many. Rest assured that I enjoy and draw inspiration from your work as much as you might mine.



Friday, November 22, 2013

Another Airfix Building

Okay, so work is officially now sucking my will to live! Massive week in the trenches of youth education, read, corrective training, hence the lack of posts. Anyway...

The second resin building got more or less the same treatment as the first. They are quite cool to paint, as far a buildings go, and have a very reasonable level of detail on them

Also came with brass window frames

You can never have enough decent scenery to chose from when it comes to building a map, and these will certainly fit in well on the tabletop. As I've said before, the only real drawback with these is the price. One more ruined building to finish, which I might do this weekend whilst catching up on some test cricket

Sunday, November 17, 2013


A few pictures of some of Dave's amphibious vehicles

This is a very tidy kitset by Dragon, who make some unusual models that are very well engineered and detailed

Dave has quite a large Pacific collection

The indomitable Airfix Buffalo; actually have a trio of these myself, as yet unmade, and currently on a cargo ship somewhere between here and New Zealand, so they might be in the build queue just a little bit longer.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Airfix, Bomber Re-Supply Set

Just thought I'd show you the set that the little utility came from...

Lots of variety, good value for money

Just hope the engineering on the truck, etc, is a little better.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Airfix Light Utility

Lovely wee kit this, shame the engineering was not quite up to scratch though :(

Should have painted it 'on sprue' but started dry fitting parts and before I realized it was complete 

As you can see the door frames do not line up well with the rest of it

Likewise with the canopy, leaving quite a gap

Still, an excellent addition to my British collection, these served in all theatres of WW2 from start to finish.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

A few other BEF poses

Here are some new additions to my BEF collection 

A combination of the left over figures from the various Zevezda infantry sets and a couple of Airfix ones as well

Have almost completed two battalions now and have finished the regimental assets of machinegun, engineer and mortar platoons

Command sections

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Minimal Progress

Busy boy at present :( The usual end of year assessment and reporting period at work is seriously hampering any meaningful hobby time - still, last day is 29 November, so on the down hill

These arrived yesterday and have been added to the holiday period project list. Will bust out my recent efforts on the weekend and take some pictures for you all then.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Building a Shoreline

Usually owing to space constraints, most of us keep our table layouts smaller than we'd like. Over the last few years we have been fortunate enough to enjoy large, dedicated, gaming areas. In line with this, David Russell has built some awesome maps for us to game on (usually purpose built for CD3 rule considerations) and here is an example of his work...

Dave has the talent and the right tools to use on all of his scenery projects

All of Dave's map boards are based on the same size tile, though we have a few massive x4-block tiles as well

This is the test layout area in Dave's garage, his table is a bit smaller than the one we used for our main event games


At crucial times, Dave's children would be 'encouraged' to help with certain stages of production, this occasion was a solo effort, however :)

The beaches are kept reasonably narrow in an attempt to maintain scale foot prints, which for CD3 is an inch to fifty yards

Here, an example of what can be achieved. Dave has tiles for all sorts of different types of map requirements. To see a bit more of his stuff, have a look through the labels attached to this post. It also includes trench tiles made for WW1 gaming, which is kind of what got us started on all of this in the first place.